Friday, January 20, 2017

How to blog more simply

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Last weekend as I was checking my inbox and social media comments and I noticed that there were so many of you asking me some really great questions! Questions pertaining to what camera I use? photo settings? Do I have any tips on taking better pictures? I love all of these questions! So I wanted to take some time today and answer some of those questions. My goal with this segment is to help you blog more simply not harder and the first way I can help you with that is to give you some of the basics. Which is what I will be sharing with you today! 

What camera do I use?
Last year my husband and I purchased the Canon T5i. Investing in a DSLR is something I recommend if you are serious about blogging. Weather it is a Canon or Nikon etc. it's a must! 
We personally like the Canon because the colors pop more and the body is a bit easier to navigate. The canon t5i also has a nifty screen that flips out making it easier to capture images from awkward angles. (more on this later)
When we travel we also like to bring the Sony Alpha a6000. This one is one that we haven't really had the chance to use too much. This camera has 179 AF (auto focus) points making allowing it take pictures super quick and has built in WIFI. I'm hoping we will get to use camera more this year. 
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Which lens(es) do you prefer?
Lenses are something that Chris and I are constantly researching and playing with but at this point we use a 50mm F/1.8 and have just recently purchased a 35mm F/2 and are obsessed with it. Lots of people will suggest a 50mm but now that we have a 35mm I would honestly recommend this one instead. Since the 35mm is a wide angle it captures more of the image without having to back up as much. 

Who takes my photos? 
My husband takes all of my photos and occasionally my brother will take them as well. My husband is not a professional photographer by any means at all. Photography is something that we have learned together and are still learning. 

What's the best time to shoot?
This one I think is a personal preference. I know for us we like to shoot during dawn. Even though we are not morning people what so ever! I do make sure to have all of my things organized and ready to go the night before so that once we are up it makes things a bit easier. Don't get me wrong there have been… a lot of times where I forget a shoe or 2 lol. If that does happen we either run back home grab those items or we will just shoot around dusk. 
Another reason I like to shoot in the morning is the pictures come out softer and not so harsh. Shooting earlier also allows for more time to shoot as opposed to shooting in the evening where I feel rushed sometimes. 

Alright lovelies I have given you a quick run down on what you need to start blogging more simply. This post most defiantly been a lot longer but before I get into the super juicy tips and tricks I want to make sure this post is something that interests you and what other questions you have? Lighting, editing, angles, instagram?! Let me know in the comments below! 

There are so many things that I want to share with you!

Happy Friday!


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

5 lace up dresses to wear now and later

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Dress c/o wearing XS | Steve Madden Boots *similar pair | Jacket | Hat | Bag 
Are you a dress lover like me?! I know a lot of times some would think dresses are just for warmer months so today I thought would be the perfect opportunity to chat about 5 lace up dresses that are perfect for now and later. The lace up trend has been all over the place lately now more then ever!, but I think that's because the lace adds an element of chicness and I am all for it. When it comes to length I am all for shorter hemmed dresses like this one  due to being on the petite side but girls I also love the maxi ones. 
Whatever hem length you go with you can always style it for now with a faux leather jacket, a pair of flat or heeled boots and to top it off a felt hat. Then of course when you rework this lace up dress later in the warmer months switch out the boots for either open toed booties or sandals, leave the jacket out and instead of a felt hat i'd go with a straw hat. 
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I have been wearing so much pink and red lately and it's not even February yet! I can't help it though Ive got these two colors on my mind constantly! I'd love to know what your favorite way to wear a lace up dress is?

Monday, January 16, 2017

How to easily mix in prints for winter

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TOP | SKIRT *wearing XXS | SCARF | COAT | BOOTS 35%off 
Happy Monday everyone! Today I wanted to chat with you about print mixing. I mainly see a lot of print mixing usually happening during the spring. The prints that are mostly seen paired together are stripes and florals. These two prints are so pretty for the spring I know I love wearing them. For the winter though a great way to mix in prints into your wardrobe are by using stripes and plaid. Starting with stripes is always a good idea! anyone else feel like they could live in stripes?! 
When creating this look I originally started with this buttoned skirt ($30) and a long sleeve stripe top while it was a great outfit I knew it was missing something so I added in this plaid blanket scarf. There are so many great plaid scarves nowadays that anyone will do perfectly with a black and white stripe top. 
I stayed with a neutral color palette sticking with blacks, browns and tan peacoat (I wear this one so much). 
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Did you all have a great weekend? I had such a great one, I think that the little bit of rain we got made it so much better! Here's to a simply wonderful Monday! 

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